Erika Lopez

Erika Lopez is a Mexican American Metalsmith that resides in Texas. She is currently attending the University of Texas at El Paso and is expected to receive her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in metals/jewelry and a minor in ceramics. Lopez’s studio practices explore the world of upcycled and everyday objects. Many of her works are meant to transcend time while also exploring materiality specificity and its relation to the body.

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Woes of the Woman

Date of Creation: March 12, 2023

List of Materials: Copper, sterling silver, acrylic sheet, faceted gemstones, press on nails, eyelashes, birth control package, birth control pills.

Dimensions: 14.5 in x 9.5 in x 1 in

Photographer's Name: Erika Lopez

Model's Name: N/A

Conceptual Statement: Woes of the Woman is meant to shed light on the experience of the modern woman. It is a timeless piece that touches on several issues such as- self objectification, ageism, women’s rights, marginalization and becoming subject to the male gaze. The reimagined chatelaine equips the present-day woman with eyelashes, nails and birth control. These items are a bold representation of women. While they can be items of empowerment, independence and confidence they are laden with the patriarchal ills of perfection and domestication. This piece disrupts the dichotomies of women now and women 300 years ago and merges them with the generational woes of womanhood. While the underbelly of this work may be bittersweet and unpleasant it claps back at the standards of women and beauty dating back centuries. This piece is the very essence of what it is to be a woman and breathes life into the narrative that they can be whoever and whatever they want.

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